Include People with Type 1 Diabetes at the Same Level as Type 2 for COVID Vaccine in MA
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Dear Governor Baker,
This letter is to urge you to recognize the science and listen to the medical community and prioritize people with type 1 diabetes at the same level as those with type 2 diabetes for COVID-19 vaccination.
The data clearly supports this:
- The risk of dying from Covid-19 was almost three times higher for people with type 1 diabetes and almost twice as high for type 2 than for those without diabetes. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(20)30272-2/fulltext
- People with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes who fall ill with Covid-19 have a three to four times higher risk of severe illness and hospitalization compared to people without diabetes. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33268335/
- Compared with not having diabetes, people with type 1 diabetes had adjusted odds ratios of 3.90 for hospitalization and 3.35 for greater illness severity, which was similar to risk in type 2 diabetes. https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/44/2/526
Leaders from 19 different health organizations have called on the CDC to update their guidance based on the data to recognize type 1 diabetes in the same risk category as type 2.
Massachusetts doesn't have to wait to change the state vaccination strategy to include people with type 1 diabetes as high risk.
We urge you to make this change with a high degree of urgency.
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